Scarlett Johansson

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Scarlett Ingrid Johansson

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 22, 1984

*Danish, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, singer, model, and director. She is known for starring in the films Lost in Translation, Match Point, and Lucy, among many others. She plays Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scarlett was born in New York City, the daughter of Karsten Olaf Johansson, an architect, and Melanie Sloan, a producer. Scarlett’s father is Danish, from Copenhagen, and is of Danish and Swedish descent. Scarlett’s mother, who is American-born, is Jewish (of Polish Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, and Russian Jewish descent). Scarlett has described herself as Jewish. She celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah. She also holds both American and Danish citizenship.

Scarlett has a daughter with her former husband, Romain Dauriac.

Scarlett’s paternal grandfather was Ejner Johansson (Ejner Bainkamp Johansson, the son of Axel Robert Johansson and Margrethe/Margaret Hansine Hansen). Ejner was a screenwriter, film director, and cultural personality. Axel was from Furuby, in Sweden, the son of Johan Magnus Magnusson, who was from Tjureda, Kronobergs län, Småland, and of Carolina/Karalina/Karolina Charlotta Johansdotter, who was from Furuby, Kronoberg County. Scarlett’s great-grandmother Margrethe was Danish, from Skibby, the daughter of Jens Hansen, who was from Nakkedam, Ferslev, and of Louise Georgine Amalie Beinkamp, who was from Amtmandens Hus, Sorø, Sjælland.

Scarlett’s paternal grandmother was named Ingrid Margrethe.

Scarlett’s maternal grandfather was Meyer “Michael” Schlamberg (the son of Shloime/Sol Szlamberg/Schlamberg and Mollie Sussman). The surname Szlamberg/Schlamberg was changed to Sloan. Scarlett’s grandfather Meyer was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents, with family from Warsaw and Grojec. Shloime was the son of Leib Schlamberg and Zlata Schuemonitz. Shloime’s brother, Scarlett’s great-great-uncle Mosze Szlamberg, was killed in the Holocaust in Poland, along with at least two of his children, Zlata and Mandlit.

Scarlett’s great-uncle, Phil Schlamberg, was the last known combat death of World War II. He was the wingman of WWII fighter pilot, Captain Jerry Yellin.

Scarlett’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Chodosh (the daughter of Isadore/Yitzhok Chodosh and Chana/Anna Weinstein). Dorothy was born in New York, to Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus. Isadore’s father was Boruch Chodosh. Chana’s parents were Gavriel/Gavril Weinstein and Leah Ginenski.

Sources: Genealogies of Scarlett Johansson –

Genealogy of Scarlett Johansson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Scarlett’s maternal grandfather, Meyer “Michael” Schlamberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Scarlett’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Chodosh, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Adamina September 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

She is a gorgeous woman. With or without makeup

Tyler October 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

She’s looks average, never understood the appeal.

xoxo November 4, 2015 at 7:35 am

Me either, there are prettier women out there….

ashash November 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm

She’s a gorgeous woman of color.

cwm85 August 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Overrated actress…

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm

there are Jews with anglo and super-northern european names like JOHANSON , GILLENHALL etc.

follers July 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm

In 2015, why would an American’s surname reflect their entire ancestry?

And “Gyllenhaal” doesn’t sound like a Swedish surname. I know it’s Swedish, but it fits no common patterns in Swedish surnames whatsoever. The first time I heard it, I thought it was German-Jewish or something. (Jake and Maggie are 1/8th Swedish).

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm

thats an american phenomenon because of the melting pot

i mean there are jewish celebs with the name CHUNG or SVENSON or AIELLO and all jewish

follers July 16, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Connie Chung converted to Judaism. Who are “Svenson” and “Aiello”? Danny Aiello isn’t Jewish.

Masterlord August 30, 2015 at 7:44 am

Gyllenhaal is a swedish name, its stems from the mansion/estate that Jake and Maggies swedish ancestors owned (in the 17th century)

Masterlord August 30, 2015 at 7:51 am

Oh and i should say that it pretty much translates to “Golden Hall”

Some people makes jokes, claiming that its really “Golden hole” :P

follers August 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

I already said it’s Swedish. But it doesn’t sound like most Swedish surnames.

ashash November 11, 2015 at 9:19 pm

She has the surname Johansson because her father is Danish. Her mother is Jewish.

Wow. Shocker that Scarlett has more than one ancestry …

Not really. Most people in the U.S. do.

anniebe April 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

i dont get the bid deal about scarlett johansson. She has a puffy face and a pug nose. not that pretty imo. but she does look better than her siblings.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

The most overrated woman in the looks department. She looks so bland.

Big lips aren’t always a Jewish or Italian feature.

ashash April 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

What about Patricia Arquette?

follers April 3, 2015 at 1:53 am

Scarlett looks like Sara Netanyahu, Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife.

ashash April 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Follers, she sort of does.

follers April 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm

They are probably fifth cousins, at least.

Capricious April 3, 2015 at 4:26 am

Arquette doesn’t have big lips. They’re pronounced, but not as plump as hers.

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 7:45 am

She does look “exotic” for a white girl. She looks like she could have some black ancestry.

andrew January 31, 2015 at 8:24 am

you wish..

shobohunter October 14, 2014 at 3:58 am

Agree to above comments but in her case She was not blonde when she was younger. Meaning she is not naturally blonde.. maby
She wants to achieve that “northern European” look like a atypical “tall blonde blue eye ” looks.. she fancy that.
Meds are considered white (Caucasian) so both her parents must be whites.
When whites (Mediterranean or else) colored their hair blonde it looks normal and its suits’s look repulsive to non-whites.

Girll November 14, 2014 at 1:37 am
follers November 14, 2014 at 1:52 am

A large amount of dark-haired people have light hair as children.

For example, Jason Segel (the center picture) or Ed Helms (picture on the right).

ashash March 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Scarlett had blonde hair when she was little, but I bet it was light brown by the time she was a teenager. Plenty of brunette people were born blonde. Julian Edelman is another one.

vilgotaan April 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

Isnt “Johansson” a swedish surname? if it would be danish it would be “Johansen” or something like that.

ashash May 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Who knows?

ae111 May 5, 2014 at 6:01 am

Well, her paternal great-grandfather was Swedish.
A bit dubious but her paternal grandmother could have Swedish ancestry.

follers May 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Thanks, added.

vilgotaan May 8, 2014 at 4:37 am
Rokai May 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm

don’t she have Russian in her too I heard she does

Freerk July 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

Yes, you’re right; the Danish (Dutch, German, Norwegian) variety of “son” in surnames is “-sen”, “-son” is Swedish (and English).

→ “Scarlett’s paternal grandparents were Ejner Bainkamp Johansson (the son of Axel Robert Johansson and Margrethe Hansine Hansen) and Hedda. Axel was from Furuby, in Sweden.”

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:44 am

Damn she is hot though, but she is clearly white with no mixture at all…Check out Scarlett Johansson pictures at:

Adam December 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I legitimately don’t understand how anyone could find this annoying woman attractive.

correction January 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm

you are one of the most rudest people ever you always have something rude to say, Adam

Adam January 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Calm down.

LadyNikkitten November 30, 2013 at 6:56 am

She has such a black african body.

thomas1987 October 13, 2014 at 4:55 am

what exactly is a African body?
there are very thin women as well as thick in Africa you know..
… white women come in all shapes and sizes, like from Victoria Beckham to Marilyn Monroe.

ashash October 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm


Thayer December 11, 2013 at 7:09 am


follers December 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm
guurl December 12, 2013 at 3:26 am

She favor Barbara Streisand actually if you want to play that game.

follers December 12, 2013 at 3:28 am

What’s the point? I’m simply tired of reading the same comment over and over again. Don’t you guys get tired of writing it?

BTW, if Scarlett has to look either Danish or Jewish, I assume people with two Jewish parents like Bar Refaeli can only look Jewish? Or do the rules just change again?

guurl December 12, 2013 at 3:30 am

In all seriousness she has the facial shape of her mother and is much more beautiful, like the attractive version of her mother, with her eye colour and fairness from her father. Her mother has dark brown eyes.

follers December 12, 2013 at 3:34 am

Her mother may have brown eyes, but Scarlett couldn’t have blue eyes unless her mother carried the same gene.

Looking at him now, I don’t think she looks much like her father. Other than light coloring, but blonde hair dye is common.

BTW, what makes you think her mother wasn’t attractive when she was young? I think she probably was.

Adam December 24, 2013 at 6:51 am
Freerk July 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm


avrilmylove October 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

you north Europians are pathetic for fooling yourself into thinking that Scarlett got her Beauty from her Danish side. look at the fucking photos- she looks nothing like her father. other than light coloring. she only got the colors from her father. the beauty is from her Jewish mother. the proof:

Scarlett Johansson and her Jewish mother:

Scarlett Johansson and her Danish father:

She does not look Scandinavian.

ashash October 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

She looks more like her mother in terms of her facial features.

However, I don’t think her mother is beautiful. Scarlett is better-looking than both of her parents.

ashash October 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Her father is unattractive, though.

andrew October 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

she looks exactly like her mother (a lighter version), who’s a good looking woman IMO

andrew October 16, 2014 at 6:45 am

her father is the average Dane

Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm
nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm

O’k, asian (chinese) and black are races. Jews are
religion and ethnicy (based at religion of ancestors).

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

Mabe not from the same shtedel? I think some of
them were clever enough not to marry only cousins
and avoid inbreeding

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

BTW, austrian (and bavarian)names more look like Yddish.

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 12:34 am

not “say”, “guess jew or not jew”

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

in USA everybody
has a right to spread lie and slander

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 12:20 am

Atkinson is a genetical catastrophe

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 12:36 am

Waltz has no a “good look”

Marc 2 April 30, 2013 at 12:36 am

That is why.

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 12:37 am

….but a good opportunity to claim “all europeans are ugly”.

nnnnn April 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Atkinson is “med”? Insult for all “meds”. He’s E.T.

Freerk July 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

And between Hamburgoids and Berlinoids …

People from Iraq are generally more similar to South Italians than people from Sweden. By far. In North Italy there have lived many Germanic and Celtic tribes, so many people are light-haired.

The truth is there are no frontiers who separate different gene pools from each other. There are billions of humans who met someone they like and get babies they like. And there are billions of possible combinations of genes to create slightly different looking people who are all obviously human. And mnany of them are realized.

One thing I love on these sides is that you can see: no matter where your parents come from, you can be beautiful and (at least look) appealing.

But in the comments you can see people tend to separate people with different shoe size in different “races”. So people, what is “race” and what does it mean?

andrew July 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Barbaric tribes settled everywhere till South Italy, North Africa, Greece, the Celts in central Turkey etc

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Especially some germanic dialect….

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm
Marc 2 April 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Is this reaction on my words about N.Portman appearance? Well if so, i was not talkin about color of hair because It doesn’t matter. Black/Dark brown hair color is absolutely normal for every region of Europe, somwhere less, somwhere more, but absolutely normal. And i would never say that this is a defining feature of ethnicity. I was talking about another things

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